Los Angeles County Public Health announced on Friday 318 new coronavirus-related deaths, the most ever in a single day.
Driving the News:
Today's grim milestone comes two weeks since Christmas Day and Dr. Paul Simon, Public Health Chief Science Officer, said, "This very clearly is the latest surge for the winter holidays and New Year's and it's likely to continue over the next week or two. We do expect these numbers continue to be high over the next couple weeks."
Of the 318 new deaths reported today, 24 people who died were between the ages of 30 and 49, and two people who died were between the ages of 18 and 29.
Public Health reported over 200 daily deaths this week and 18,313 new cases, bringing the total to 889,405
California Department of Public Health on Thursday announced that Vaccines would expand to all three tiers within the first phase starting Monday, which would include all frontline healthcare workers.
The County says. 8,074 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized and 20% of these people are in the ICU. The 3-day average for daily hospitalizations is 8,065; the highest the County has ever experienced.
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Today's single-day death record comes on the first anniversary of the county's first health alert on the coronavirus.
City officials announced that thirteen public-facing Long Beach police officers from multiple divisions have tested positive for coronavirus and that one of the infected officers is currently hospitalized with the virus.
Some of the infected officers worked as recently as Jan 6.
Five hundred seventy-seven people are currently hospitalized with the virus, a new record.
Two public-facing employees in the Parks, Recreation and Marine Community Recreation Services Bureau have tested positive for COVID-19.
This week the inoculation of Long Beach Fire Department, EMT, and paramedics began.
Why it matters:
In December, the LBPD faced criticism for conducting training sessions inside the Long Beach Convention Center with hundreds of officers, nearly all within close proximity of one another and without wearing masks; soon after the event, a surge of covid-19 cases gripped the department, per LA Times.
Since the start of the pandemic, 85 LBPD employees tested positive for coronavirus.
In LA County:
A person dies from Covid-19 in Los Angeles County every eight minutes, county officials said Thursday.
Public Health officials say Jan 3., patients hospitalized with COVID-19 have intensified by more than 550 people.
From Dec 6, 2020, through Jan 3, 2021, the County has issued 143 citations to businesses for noncompliance with Covid-19 health orders.
On Wednesday, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia announced that 75% of health care workers have been vaccinated against the virus and that the next phase of the vaccine rollout, which includes teachers, will start on Jan 14.
Mayor Garcia said that Long Beach is "losing people in our community at a faster rate than we have before."
The city reported over 18,000 Covid-19 cases within one month.
Long Beach's Director of Health and Human Services Department,, Kelly Colopy,, announced on Wednesday that 85% of ICU beds are currently occupied.
On Dec 5., Long Beach had 173 people hospitalized with Covid-19; this week,, the city reported 573 Covid-19 related hospitalizations. That's an 1876% increase with 230% just in December alone, Colopy said.
By the Numbers 1/7/21
37,293 total positive results (+597)
Seven-day positivity rate: 17.8%
133 seven-day case rate per 100K population
248 Long Beach residents hospitalized with COVID-19
577 total COVID-19 hospitalizations in area hospitals
Approximately 26,007 recovered
539,832 total tests conducted
Information as of Jan. 6
Where things stand: Coronavirus cases in Long Beach intensified; in just one-month span, the city's case count doubled from 17,550 on Dec. 4 to 35,136 on Jan. 4.
City officials announced 523 new cases and 18 new coronavirus related deaths, bringing the City's death toll to 420.
Two city employees, one from Long Beach Airport and the other from the Parks, Recreation and Marine Community Recreation Services Bureau, has tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently recovering at home.
Long Beach's Community Hospital near the Traffic Circle re-opened on Monday, accepting non-Covid-19 transfer patients.
The City's seven-day positive case rate surged to 17.5%, which means 1 in 5 people tested positive for the virus.
California Governor Gavin Newsom said he is attempting to produce a multibillion-dollar recovery package for California businesses grappling with the pandemic's economic fallout, per SF Chronicle.
The plan would include $4 billion in grants for small businesses, corporate tax credits, and fee waivers, with some funding going towards housing and environmentally focused infrastructure.
The California Department of Public Health on Tuesday directed counties with available intensive care capacity to receive transfer patients from hospitals swamped with Covid-19 patients.
LA County Coivd-19 Update:👇
By the Numbers:
35,664 total positive results (+528)
Seven-day positivity rate: 17.5%
122.8 seven-day case rate per 100K population
244 Long Beach residents hospitalized with COVID-19
573 total COVID-19 hospitalizations in area hospitals
Approximately 25,053 recovered
527,604 total tests conducted
Information as of Jan. 4